Every now and again, (ok frequently) I get annoyed when I hear a simple word abused and overused to the point of losing all its significance or meaning. Currently, the number one word on my shit-list is Passion. Yes, this perfectly good word, once reserved to convey only the most fervent degree of emotion, was hijacked a decade or so ago by corporate sales and marketing gurus. The unimaginative clones and followers of these corporate snake oil sales-folk were taught that they had to have “passion” in order to become successful in their chosen career path. Well, let”s revisit the actual meaning of this poor little word:
2. the suffering and death of Jesus
Ok, I think we can ignore the Jesus part and focus on numero uno. “A strong and barely controllable emotion” is most commonly associated with such extreme emotions as…..you guessed it….love and hate. For those that remember traditional English, you may remember statements such as: “I hate that motherf******r with a passion”….or…. “They made passionate love”. Obviously, both statements can clearly be interpreted within the bounds the definition above. They are describing a extraordinary level of emotion.